3 Types of Materials to Take Caution Shipping


Shipping is a booming industry.  Third-party vendors transport goods across the nation and internationally for commercial purposes.  However, particular materials warrant an increased level of caution.

Goods, such as cement, fertilizer and grain, need special attention and care while transported.  Those unaware of regulations and risk may incur penalties, or worse, place others in danger and business in jeopardy.

The following provides a better understanding of transporting cement, fertilizer and grain.  Aside from helpful on and offline literature, professional consultants specialize in educating and helping vendors.


Cement is used for a number of building and renovation needs.  Contractors, using a spectrum of tools ranging from hand-held screwdrivers to industrial excavation equipment, also use time as a tool.  Cement supply is limited in some areas experiencing mass construction.  Therefore, cement shipping becomes a great and immediate need.  However, vendors take huge precautions loading, driving, and delivering associated materials.

The weight of the material poses opportunity for those loading and unloading to contract a range of injuries, especially those of the lower back region.  Furthermore, the pounds added to delivery trucks demand particular vehicular knowhow.  Trucks will react differently amid turns, straightaway driving, and while braking in inclement weather.  A number of vendors opt to seek third-party help, collaborating with a shipping professional, such as Mark Bouri.


Traditional farms and large-scale commercial plantations keep fertilizer in high demand.  In addition, a high number of residential homeowners seek the product from local hardware and do-it-yourself stores.  Like cement, fertilizer commands specific awareness.  Weight is not a problem, but toxicity of ingredients and distance from dry, frozen, and open foods are concerns.

Greenhouse research has shown truck transportation of fertilizers poses the highest risk of emission while water-born methods wage least.  Future need for fertilizer is expected to rise in international locations including South America and Africa, so global vendors must seek responsible and economical means to supply the demand.


Grain, an incredibly sought food staple, demands raised awareness of vendors due to the occurrence of possible widespread sickness or death.  Furthermore, the distance of the grain shipment contributes to the preparation and related health of recipients.  For example, grain, destined for faraway lands, must properly dry for weeks beforehand.  In some cases, vendors contribute to a large chain of offered foods, driving grain and other foods to particular ‘satellite’ stations across the nation, ensuring freshness, health of consumers, and variety of offered product.

Train transportation affords the ability to offer more loads but can raise costs depending on particular logistics.  Additionally, grain vendors seek waterway methods when available; the method of transportation offers large-bulk opportunities.

Business-to-business trading and direct consumer enterprises have been bustling for years.  The addition of Internet commerce creates further opportunity for vendors on a national and international scale.  However, proper shipping methods demand obedience.  Otherwise, business owners invite the risk of losing money, incurring fines and lawsuits, and potentially ending related companies.  Successful transportation companies and aligned vendors seek the assistance of further literature and professional consultation from specialists.

Anthony Jensen has years of experience shipping materials all over the world. He shares his insights by writing for business blogs.

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